Postal Service Previews 2009 Commemorative Stamp Program
The Alaska Statehood stamp will be dedicated
The stamp features a photograph by
The second of 12 stamps in the
Kessler’s design also incorporates elements from the previous series of
The sesquicentennial of
“I wanted to make it an icon, an impression, of what the shoreline feels like when you look at the stamp,” says the artist. The public is invited to attend the
The 200th anniversary of the birth of
The stamp portrait of
The dedication ceremony will take place at
The 200th anniversary of
The stamp art was created by
The stamp showing Lincoln as a rail-splitter includes the earliest-known photograph of Lincoln, dated 1846, by
The stamp featuring Lincoln as a lawyer includes a photograph of Lincoln, dated
The stamp of Lincoln as a politician includes a
The stamp featuring Lincoln as president, includes a
Civil Rights Pioneers
The public is welcome to attend the
Throughout her long life as a writer, activist, and lecturer, she was a powerful advocate for racial justice and women’s rights in America and abroad.
This journalist and social worker believed passionately in racial equality and was a founder of the NAACP.
He was the first black attorney licensed in
Because coverage of blacks in the media tended to be negative, he endowed the prestigious Spingarn Medal, awarded annually since 1915, to highlight black achievement.
He was one of the founders of the NAACP and wrote the “Call” leading to its formation.
She mentored nine black students who enrolled at all-white Central High School in
This lawyer and educator was a main architect of the civil rights movement. He believed in using laws to better the lives of underprivileged citizens.
Blue eyes and a fair complexion enabled this leader of the NAACP to make daring undercover investigations.
He served with distinction as an official of the NAACP in
She was a
Her lifetime of activism made her a skillful organizer. She encouraged women and young people to assume positions of leadership in the civil rights movement.
As a courageous and capable official with the NAACP, she did difficult, dangerous work in the South.
The Postal Service pays clever tribute to what is said by many to be world’s favorite “game” with the issuance of the
Greco and art director
Sure to add a touch of beauty and romance to wedding correspondence, the 2009 Wedding Cake stamp will be issued at the two-ounce mailing rate to accommodate the heavier weight of an invitation, as well as other mailings such as oversize cards or small gifts that require extra postage.
The stamp, designed by
A new one-ounce stamp featuring wedding rings is intended for use on the RSVP envelope often enclosed with a wedding invitation. The stamp features a photograph of two gold wedding rings resting on a small white pillow; a slender ribbon of white silk unites them. The photograph also was taken by Renee Comet.
Hope devoted his life to making people laugh. He is most known for his unwavering commitment — from World War II through Operation Desert Storm — to supporting morale by entertaining military personnel serving overseas. He had a top rated television show on NBC, and also found success on the live stage, in radio shows and in motion pictures. He became one of the most honored and beloved performers of the 20th century.
Although Hope never officially served in the U.S. Armed Forces, he dedicated a significant part of his life to entertaining America’s men and women in uniform, starting in 1941 and continuing through the Persian Gulf War five decades later. After giving hundreds of performances overseas, he earned the nickname “G.I. Bob” and in 1997 became the first person recognized by the U.S. Congress as an “honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces.”
Hope’s thousands of honors also included the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among his many friends were several U.S. presidents, with whom he often played golf for charity.
As the 32nd inductee into the Black Heritage series, the Postal Service honors
Flags of Our Nation (Set 3 of 6)
Flags of Our Nation (Set 4 of 6)
Another 10 will be issued
In addition to the flag art, each stamp design includes artwork that provides a “snapshot view” of the state or other area represented by a particular flag. In most cases, an everyday scene or activity is shown. Occasionally the view is of something less commonplace — rare wildlife, perhaps, or a stunning vista. Unlike some previous multi-stamp issuances, this series is not limited to official animals, flowers, or products, nor is it meant to showcase well-known buildings, landmarks, or monuments.
“Snapshot” art for the Stars and Stripes stamps was inspired by the opening lines of “America the Beautiful,” written by
The multi-stamp series featuring the Stars and Stripes, 50 state flags, five territorial flags and the
It’s surf’s up when the 50th anniversary of Hawai’i's statehood is commemorated on 2009 stamp. Artist and historian
Gulf Coast Lighthouses
The popular lighthouse stamps series continues to shine with the issuance of Gulf Coast Lighthouses next summer. Featuring paintings by artist
Known as “hurricane alley,” the Gulf Coast weathers many powerful storms each year, including Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the region in 2005. In addition, the land along the coast is swampy and marshy in many places and given to erosion, making it doubly difficult for lighthouses to withstand heavy rains and winds. The five lighthouses featured on the stamps are some of the few that remain standing.
A sunlit painting by
The American Treasures series was inaugurated in 2001. It is intended to exhibit beautiful works of American fine art and crafts. The stamp will be dedicated
Early TV Memories
Block your calendar for
The Early TV Memories commemorated in the 20 stamp set include: Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet; Alfred Hitchcock Presents;
Best remembered for his controversial 1940 novel, Native Son, and his 1945 autobiography, Black Boy, Wright drew on a wide range of literary traditions, including protest writing and detective fiction, to craft unflinching portrayals of racism in American society.
The stamp artwork by
Four stamps featuring iconic scenes of a
Drawing on the long and rich visual history of
United States Supreme Court Justices
The contributions of United States Supreme Court Associate Justices
Felix Frankfurter was arguably one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures ever to sit on the Supreme Court. As the Court’s strongest proponent of judicial restraint, Frankfurter — who served 23 years as an associate justice — believed that judges should disregard their own social views when making decisions. “History teaches,” he wrote, “that the independence of the judiciary is jeopardized when courts become embroiled in the passions of the day.”
Nature of America: Kelp Forest
To celebrate October as National Stamp Collecting Month the Postal Service issues the 11th stamp pane in an educational series focusing on the beauty and complexity of major U.S. plant and animal communities.
The 2009 Nature of America: Kelp Forest stamps will be dedicated at the Monterey Aquarium in
A kelp forest is a remarkable undersea ecosystem dominated by very large marine algae more commonly known as seaweeds or kelp. To illustrate the biodiversity of a kelp forest, artist
Christmas: Madonna and Sleeping Child by Sassoferrato
Since 1978, the theme of each “traditional” Christmas stamp has been the Madonna and Child. The 2009 Christmas stamp features Madonna and Sleeping Child, a painting by Italian artist
The painting depicted on the stamp shows a blond Madonna clothed in red and cradling the sleeping Christ Child in purple cloth. From each of the two top corners, the childlike face of a cherub looks down from the clouds.
The 2009 winter holiday season will be celebrated with stamps featuring a reindeer, snowman, gingerbread man and toy soldier.
A merry reindeer dangles a red bulb ornament from his antler. Flurries of large flakes dust a snowman sporting a top hat, coal buttons and a carrot nose. A gingerbread man is decorated for the season, with green, red, and white icing. A toy soldier smiles while standing at attention. Borders of evergreens, stars, wreaths, and holly add another holiday touch to the stamps.
Angel with Lute
This 2009 stamp features a detail of a fragment of a circa-1480 fresco by Melozzo da Forli (1438-1494). Clad in red and green, an angel with a halo strums a lute and glances downward. The original fresco fragment is in Room IV of the Vatican Pinacoteca (art museum), and measures approximately 37 inches by 46 inches.
The musical angel on this stamp was originally part of a larger fresco depicting the ascension of Christ in the apse of the Basilica dei
Although few of Melozzo’s works have survived, art historians have praised his skilled use of perspective, and he is sometimes considered one of the great fresco artists of his day. In recent years, his depictions of musical angels have enjoyed a newfound popularity.
Spanning eight days and nights,
The eight days and nights of
With this colorful stamp, the Postal Service celebrates
The bold colors in the stamp art are complemented in the top right corner by the colors of the
This is the third stamp design issued by the Postal Service in celebration of
An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation,
146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products
and services, not tax dollars, to pay for operating expenses. The Postal Service has annual revenue of
SOURCE U.S. Postal Service